Dynamic Stretching vs Static Stretching for Beach Volleyball
Playing beach volleyball well means being able to move around a lot. Beach volleyball isn’t exactly a simple game to play. With a lot of quick movement, sudden stopping, jumping, and turning on a dime, beach volleyball makes a lot of demands on your body.
Because of this, it’s important that your muscles are ready for an extended and extensive workout. In our last blog, the City Beach team talked about why stretching is important. In this follow-up entry, we’re going to look in more detail about the types of stretching you can do: dynamic and static. Is one better than the other for beach volleyball? Keep reading to find out more.
What Is Dynamic Stretching?
Dynamic stretching is any kind of stretching exercise that involves more movement. Examples of dynamic stretching include lunges, trunk rotations, leg swings, arm circles to name just a few.
Dynamic stretches use more than one focused muscle group, instead engaging multiple muscle groups or a full range of motion. Dynamic stretching usually serves as a lighter version of the kind of work your muscles do during more intensive exercise, and it serves as a warm-up or cool-down from it.
What Is Static Stretching?
Static stretching is far more focused than dynamic stretching, and it tends to be less active overall. Examples of static stretches include hamstring stretches, calf stretches, toe-touching and others that focus on stretching a particular muscle group—usually for a specified period of time.
Which Is Better Suited to Volleyball?
There’s some significant debate around which kind of stretching is more beneficial. Ultimately, it depends on what you’re doing it for. For beach volleyball, dynamic stretching before you play is likely going to do more for your performance, as it does more to limber up your whole body and increase blood flow, without over-taxing your muscles. Static stretching is still a reliable way to reduce potential aches, pains or swelling after playing, not to mention as a form of relaxation off the court.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s body is different, so the most beneficial form of warm-up and cool-down exercises might vary for you. A good coach or fitness instructor will help you find the ideal way to prepare your body for volleyball and help it recover afterward.
Contact Us About Beach Volleyball Clinics, Tournaments and More
Stretching is just one part of being ready to be part of a volleyball team, but it’s an important one. If you’re ready to get started, contact City Beach about volleyball training, clinics and tournaments today. We’ll work with you to develop your volleyball skills, help you focus, and prepare you to be part of a team. City Beach also offers packages for parties and unique corporate team building events.